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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Area Sport Fishing Reports
Kenai

Archived Sport Fishing Report

May 21, 2014

North Kenai Peninsula Management Area

Week of May 19 to May 27
Issued May 19, 2014

There is a large forest fire on the Kenai Peninsula that has led to thick smoke hovering in the area. Reports indicate the heavy smoke stretches to Homer.

Emergency Orders and regulation reminders

• Emergency Orders are in effect for the following areas:

• In the Kenai River: This emergency order closes Kenai River to king salmon fishing from Thursday, May 1 through Monday, June 30. In addition, from Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 31, king salmon fishing will be closed from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to the outlet of Skilak Lake.

• In the Kasilof River: This emergency order prohibits the use of multiple hooks and bait and prohibits the retention of naturally-produced king salmon and reduces the bag and possession limit of hatchery-produced king salmon 20 inches or greater in length to one fish in the Kasilof River beginning Thursday, May 1 through Monday, June 30. Naturally-produced king salmon may not be possessed or retained; naturally-produced king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. A naturally-produced king salmon is a king salmon with an adipose fin intact.

• The 2014 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary is available at Fish and Game offices as well as from many sport fishing license vendors. The regulations can also be viewed or download from the department’s web page. A regulatory meeting during February resulted in several changes to area regulations.

• Anglers should review the regulation booklet and a February 25 department news release for a summary of regulation changes and new regulations adopted by the board of fisheries during 2014. Anglers should also review an April 15 department news release summarizing corrections to the printed regulation booklet.

• Based on preseason outlook, the 2014 Kenai River early-run of king salmon is expected to be low.

• By regulation many flowing waters will be closed May 2 through June 10 to sport fishing. Anglers are reminded to check the regulation booklet as the water they may intend to fish may be closed to all fishing.

• Area lakes are ice-free. Lakes at higher elevations may still have some ice-cover.

• For those interested in personal use fishing for smelt (Hooligan) along the shore of Cook Inlet or in the Kenai River, the regulations are located on page 13 of the Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulation Summary Booklet. Hooligan have not yet been reported around the mouth of the lower Kenai River.

Salmon – Kenai & Kasilof rivers

• The Kenai River is closed to fishing for early-run king salmon.

• The early-run of king salmon to the Kasilof River is not forecasted and part of the run is hatchery king salmon. Early-run king salmon abundance in the Kasilof River is expected to be low.

• Few king salmon are entering the Kasilof River at this time and fishing is expected to be slow until early June.

Resident Fish — Kenai River

• Fishing opportunities on the Kenai River are limited because of several seasonal closures to all sport fishing. Please check the regulation booklet online or contact Fish and Game.

Resident Fish — Kasilof River

• Fishing opportunity in the ‘slack water’ area immediately below the Tustumena Lake outlet has been reported to be slow. Anglers are reminded that Crooked Creek is closed to all fishing through July 31.

Lake Fishing

• The ice was out earlier than usual this year. Fishing conditions at area lakes are very good. Stocked Kenai Peninsula lakes as well as numerous lakes support natural populations of rainbow trout, lake trout and Dolly Varden. Numerous Kenai Peninsula Lakes provide great fishing opportunity in the spring while flowing waters are closed to fishing. Bait fished under a bobber, small spinners and spoons or fly fishing from a float tube all produce great catch rates during the spring immediately after ice-out and can provide anglers with some of the best fishing of the year.

Northern Pike

• Few area lakes have northern pike, but public access is limited. Private property owners may allow access, but get permission first.
• Pike can be taken using spears, bow and arrow (with arrow attached by a line), bait, spin, and fly-fishing gear. Try fish-shaped and fish-colored lures and flies.
• There is no closed season for pike and the bag limit is unlimited. Wanton waste laws apply so be sure to use, or donate to charity, all the pike you harvest.